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Opportunities: HERE Artist Residency Program (NYC only)

Opportunities: HERE Artist Residency Program (NYC only)

Through the HERE Artist Residency Program, HERE commissions and develops new hybrid works over a 1- to 3-year period. As part of the HERE community of artists and audiences, their residents show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full–scale productions. Through their residency programs, HERE seeks to not only grow innovative artistic work, but also give artists the awareness and skills—in areas such as audience relations, budgeting, grantwriting, and touring—they need to continue to grow their careers.

They are currently accepting submissions for the HERE Artist Residency Program.

The deadline is January 3, 2014 at 12 noon. Please note: the artists or team must be residents of the NY metro area.

CLICK HERE for the application.

HERE builds a community that nurtures career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media and visual art. Their artist residencies support the singular vision of the lead artist through commissions, long-term development, and production support. HERE’s programs and performances promote relationships among local, national, and international artists. Their space is a destination for audiences who are passionate about groundbreaking contemporary work and the creative process behind it.

Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations and today stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new work. A collaborative multi-arts space with two theatres and a gallery/café, HERE developed such acclaimed works as puppeteer Basil Twist’s SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE, Trey Lyford and Geoff Soebelle’s ALL WEAR BOWLERS and Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. For over fifteen years, HERE has invested in long-term developmental relationships with individual artists and artist collaborations that have included readings, workshops, training, outreach, and post-performance discussions. As part of their commitment to the growth of new and original works, HERE created an artist development program–the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and the DREAM MUSIC Puppetry Program. In addition to developing work, Here fully produce work through Resident Artist Productions.

HARP nurtures the development of hybrid artists and their audiences, through cross-disciplinary exchange, peer-driven workshops, and panel discussions. HARP was conceived in 1999 to address an urgent need in the artistic community: a void of artistic and administrative support for mid-career artists. This lack of support was causing talented artists, in the most fertile periods of their careers, to leave the field. HARP was initiated to provide a much-needed forum to assist artists who are developing unique artistic voices and experimenting with new approaches to expanding the parameters of performance work. HARP nurtures the hybrid artist who takes risks with traditional forms, and who finds inspiration in the active exchange of artistic ideas. Unique to HARP are the services they provide to artists who practice outside of easily-recognized disciplines. HARP encourages artists to reach beyond the boundaries of their chosen discipline to convey their artistic vision. By merging elements from disparate art forms into a new cohesive language of performance, these artists are ushering in a new age of artistic collaboration. This is an age where an audience’s ability to think in simultaneous formats is increasing rapidly, and HERE’s artists are responding to that ability in their audience by upping the ante on innovative integration.

Artistic Development: 
While in residence, the artist’s or team’s residency is linked to a specific project in development and an exploration of ideas and processes intrinsic to their artistic growth. HERE believes that artists must be in control of the work that they create. This control goes hand in hand with a responsibility to participate in all phases of their artistic projects from inception through all development stages to full production. HARP is designed to respond to the ideas and needs of its artists. The artists themselves must be proactive in bringing those ideas and needs to HARP and to each other; they shape workshop and discussion offerings, create performances, and work with HERE staff to publicize and promote HARP events.

Career Development:  
HARP also includes hands-on administrative sessions to supplement their already strong artistic development process. They believe that in order for these artists to stay in the field, they must have the necessary skills to function as viable creative enterprises. HARP offers advice on business issues such as grant writing, project planning, budgeting, marketing and non-profit incorporation. Administrative sessions are led either by a HARP artist with the necessary skill, an appropriate HERE staff member or an outside expert. HARP artists also have access to an online resource managed by HERE that fosters these skills and asks the artists to participate in an online community discussion by posting work and responding to others’ work between meetings and presentations. Most important, frequent meetings provide community and address the needs of the whole artist. In addition, each member of the HERE staff dedicates significant one-on-one time with each artist to articulate the vision for the project in terms of producing strategy, audience development, marketing, fundraising, finance and production.

HARP Development Process: 
HARP includes monthly artistic meetings, bimonthly work groups focused on both artistic and business concerns, individual meetings on production and fundraising issues, and formal and informal work-in-progress showings. HARP provides a working environment and community that gives artists an outlet for cross fertilization of ideas and exchange of resources. This crucial collaboration helps their resident artists solve problems artistically and administratively, exposes artists to new ways of working, and challenges the group to explore the full implications of their work.

The Development component of HARP also encourages artists to show new work in each stage of development. HERE offers the resident artists limited rehearsal space on an as-needed, as-available basis in one of their theatres. A number of work-in-progress showings, both public and private, allow members of HARP to contribute to the growth of their peers. Through this component, they create a balance of practical and theoretical work that exposes the whole group to a comprehensive experience. At each monthly meeting, two to four artists show work. Each season, they present 8-10 public showings of HARP works-in-progress and provide HARP artists with a more formal opportunity to do their work in CULTUREMART, their annual winter festival of workshop productions.

Each year, HARP artists participate in an intensive one-week retreat at an artist colony where they are able to dedicate all of their energy to the creative process without the distractions of daily life. In addition, they offer one and two week project-specific intensive retreats for second and third year HARP artists.

HARP Productions: 
Three to five projects from the Development component are selected for the Production component of HARP each year. Each selected artist participates in all Development activities, but also collaborates with HERE to develop appropriate resources and support for their production. Projects are produced at the scale appropriate to the work – there is no set formula for producing in the season – chamber or main stage, four performances or twenty, one performer or twenty-five. It is their expectation that the works being developed in the program are being scaled to fit in one of their spaces.  What is key to the Production component is that the integrity and clarity of the artist’s vision be supported.

Funding Resources :
In addition to the extensive range of community, development, and production resources listed above, HERE offers each resident artist a developmental commission, seed funds and workshop fees in order to develop their project. The developmental commission, paid out in monthly installments, ranges up to $5400 for a three year residency. HERE also provides each artist with an annual seed fund of $1000 and with a fee of $1000-$2000 for a workshop in their annual CULTUREMART festival. All of these funds may be used as each artist deems fit for their individual project. In addition,there are fees for creators and their collaborators in the budget for the final production. The budget is developed jointly by HERE and the artist and HERE allocates at least $20,000 towards the final production in addition to partnering with the artist to raise project-specific funding.

What types of artists fit into HARP: 
Artists or collaborative teams chosen for HARP are expected to participate in the program by developing the work or ideas as outlined in their application and by actively participating in the member and public activities associated with the program. Since HARP is designed to respond to the ideas and needs of its members, the members themselves must be proactive in bringing those ideas and needs to HARP and to each other. They expect their members to be both good citizens of the HERE community as well as ambassadors to the public.

The program is designed to assist individual artists or collaborative teams (writers, performers, composers, directors, designers, dramaturges, puppeteers, dancers, singers) working in a hybrid manner in the live performance arts who meet four criteria:
*The artist or team are residents of the NY metro area
*The artist or team, having created a body of work over at least five years and at least one full-length work, find themselves at a crossroads in their career
*The artist or team is developing a distinctive form/style/content of work, or is interested in stretching the previously accepted boundaries of their work by experimentation with form/style/content
*The artist or team is interested in actively participating both in the community of HERE and in a peer-based program aimed at exchanging resources, ideas, critique, and support.
*The artist or team has secured the rights to work with any pre-existing material proposed for the project.
Additionally, HARP believes that diversity is extremely important within the makeup of the residency program. HARP actively seeks this diversity both from the work itself, and in the background of the artists.

The artist’s or team’s residency should be linked to a specific project in development. Some HARP members stay on for a second or third year with their residency while others will move on to new terrain.

Length of Residency: 
As the works being developed are complex hybrid projects, each Residency lasts 2 to 3 years. At the end of each year, the artist and HERE mutually decide whether to extend the residency. Residencies begin on March 1st.

It is unlikely that any project accepted in 2014 will go to production before the 2016-17 season.

Ownership of Work: 
The artists themselves shall retain ownership of all work initiated, developed or workshopped during their residency. However, in all public materials about the artist or team the following must appear “(Name of Artist or Team) was/is a member of HERE’s Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20 __ – 20__, NYC” and in all public materials relating to the work the following line shall appear, “Development of this work was made possible through HERE’s Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ – 20_, NYC. In most cases, HERE fully produces the work developed through the residency program. In that case, HERE and the artists will negotiate ownership and rights issues separately from the HARP program.

The deadline is January 3, 2014 at 12 noon. Please note: the artists or team must be residents of the NY metro area.

CLICK HERE for the application.

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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